Entries by Pat Voll

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SOX is ever-evolving: 5 ways to shore up your controls program

Talk about mixed messages. The new presidential administration wants what they consider “costly and unnecessary regulations” wiped out. At the same time we have continued pressure by regulatory agencies to strengthen and improve internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR). Anyone who is involved in SOX compliance has to wonder: Is the almost 15-year-old law part […]

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What’s your move? The big consideration for data security

RoseRyan VP Pat Voll recently weighed in on a recent CFO.com debate that posed the question “Is your data more secure in a data center or in the cloud?” CFO published her bylined article alongside other data-security experts in one of its monthly Square-Off virtual panels. Pat’s take: Companies need to focus on the “who” rather than the “what” when […]

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Managing through rapid growth takes smart, deliberate finance moves

If the startup stage is all about surviving, the next phase of a company’s lifecycle, when it is time to really grow, is all about scaling. Once you’ve made it past the viability test, you’re riding the momentum of rapid growth. The company has come out of the gate firing on all cylinders, putting the […]

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Sizing up the impacts of NASDAQ’s attempt to close the SOX loophole created by the JOBS Act

NASDAQ recently filed a proposed rule change with the SEC that’s seemingly aimed at SOX compliance. If implemented, each NASDAQ-listed company will be required to establish and maintain an internal audit function “to provide management and the audit committee with ongoing assessments of the Company’s risk management processes and system of internal control.” Companies listed […]

Making a list and checking it twice

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them, all the stress of the season. Santa is making his list and checking it twice, and we accountants can follow his lead to keep a little sanity in our 2012 closeout activities. Here’s my recommended year-end to-do list: Account reconciliations—Yes, ideally these were performed on a monthly […]